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Media Advisory: AI Seattle info for students

Art Institute of Seattle students can learn about academic and financial options at info fairs

February 26, 2019

Updated 10:10 a.m. March 12, 2019. Location changed from AI Seattle campus to The Edgewater Hotel.

Olympia— The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is partnering with other organizations to hold information fairs for students at the Art Institute of Seattle (AI Seattle), which is at risk of closure. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the school may run out of funds to continue operations. 

“The Art Institute has educated students in Seattle since 1946, and we’re disappointed that the school’s more recent out-of-state ownership has led us to this point,” says Washington Student Achievement Council Deputy Director Don Bennett. “We’ll do everything we can to help students continue their education and achieve their goals.”

There are two options for AI Seattle at this point. A buyer could acquire AI Seattle and continue operations, or the school could close. In the coming days and weeks, around 650 currently enrolled students will need to make important decisions about their next steps, academically and for financial aid.

The Washington Student Achievement Council will work with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Council of Presidents, Independent Colleges of Washington, and AI Seattle to make sure students have the resources they need to make informed decisions.


The Edgewater Hotel
4th Floor, Olympic Ballroom and Terrace Room
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121


Tuesday Mar. 12 from 3 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday Mar. 13 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Students can find the most up to date information about these events and more on WSAC’s website

About the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)

The Washington Student Achievement Council is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington.